July 6, 2014
The Memorial Park Conservancy, established in 2000, is a private, non-profit organization. Its meetings are not open to the pubic. While there is nothing on its website about the project to bulldoze the natural riparian forest on Buffalo Bayou in and around Memorial Park, the MPC officially supports this project, otherwise known as the Memorial Park Demonstration Project.
The MPC’s support for this plan to raze some of the last remaining wild banks of Buffalo Bayou is contrary to the recommendations of its own 2004 Memorial Park Conservation Master Plan. Here is what the Master Plan had to say:
“Recommendation: Based on hydrologic and hydraulic analysis of Buffalo Bayou, and the Park Vision, the recommended course of action for the Bayou is simply to leave it alone and consider it a symbol of dynamic natural process. The Bayou can serve as a valuable environmental education tool that depicts the change inherent in nature. Possible solutions such as concrete surfacing and decreasing the bank slope would only destroy the habitat value and visual amenity of the bayou and conflict with the ability to observe natural process.
“The reach of the Bayou in the Park will benefit from any upstream actions to reduce impervious surface, to retard urban runoff, and to filter runoff prior to entering the bayou. The Memorial Park Conservancy should pursue outreach opportunities to advocate for such measures … ” pp. 56-57
Contact the MPC and let them know that you oppose this project to destroy the wilderness banks of Buffalo Bayou in Memorial Park.
Memorial Park Conservancy
6501 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77007
Jim Porter, Chairman of the Board
Shellye Arnold, Executive Director
Nicholas Butler, Conservation Director
Suzanne Landau, Community Relations Coordinator